Mornings. I used to love them. I used to be a morning person. I used to get up before everyone, around 6/6:30, get ready and make breakfast. Everyone would get out the door around 8 and be on time and the day started smoothly. That changed somewhere and now mornings are me grudgingly rolling out of bed around 7:10 and making breakfast in my robe, followed by me and my husband yelling at the kids, its time to leave and get your shoes on. We are lucky if they get out the door by 8:10, which is when school is actually starting. Needless to say, we need some help in the mornings now.
I have been trying to simplify life so that i can enjoy more and one way i have been doing that is to have a stocked fridge or freezer with breakfast food. Jimmy Deans breakfasts and eggo waffles are great but they are expensive when you have a family of 7. We try to keep to a moderate food budget and cereal isn’t my favorite breakfast option either. When they have cereal, without fail, they are hungry after 30 minutes to an hour and asking for snacks. They all know that cereal is a good snack but not a meal at our house. Pancakes, muffins, waffles, hash browns, egg omelets or oatmeal are all so much more filling than a bowl or 2 of cereal. Making those breakfast items takes a good amount of time, specially in the quantities we require – heaven help me when all 5 of these boys are teenagers! I have found some ways to simplify mornings are to have at least breakfast be easier.
Keep Your Freezer Stocked
I try to keep our freezer stocked so the kids can grab what they want, reheat it and start eating. So what do I keep in our freezer?
- Muffins – I love the Krusteaz brand muffin mixes and will make a box to freeze or for the kids to have one as a snack then freeze the left overs. Banana Muffins or banana bread also freezes and thaws great.
- Waffles – Freeze a batch of your favorite homemade waffles. We reheat them in the toaster so they are crispy.
- Pancakes – we prefer Buttermilk Pancakes. The microwave reheats these in about 20 seconds and our kids love to put nutella and strawberries on them as well as good ol’ maple syrup.
- French Toast – Brioche makes the best french toast or texas toast. Throw a slice or 2 in the toaster and breakfast is served in a matter of minutes.
When the main part of breakfast is already made and just needing to be reheated, there’s time to made some eggs or bacon or time to get ready. The whole morning runs a little smoother which is awesome!
When I plan meals each week I check our freezer and see if I need to restock some items and I will plan those meals into our week. I try to keep it fairly simple by just Doubling the Recipe. If I am going to be making breakfast, I will double or sometimes triple the recipe and freeze the leftovers. I’m already cooking, so it doesn’t take much more time to double it.
My kids are always wanting to help so it is a great way to get in that extra family time. Hopefully this helps simplified breakfasts for you as well or gives you some ideas. Best wishes and thanks for stopping by.